Smart Walking Stick

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Innovator Details

In school, Akash was an average student, a bit averse to studies. However, class IX proved to be a turning point, when a science project he created was selected for a school science exhibition conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education, the national level board of education in India for public and private schools, controlled and managed by Union Government of India. The selection ushered in several accolades, further stimulating his interest in science and prompting him to experiment and even hold science festivals in his village to showcase his innovations.

He went on to study Civil Engineering in a prestigious government polytechnic education society, Manesar, Gurgaon, while also getting actively involved in the Electrical and Mechanical Departments. Post-college, he set up his own venture by the name of Energine Innovations. The company, apart from manufacturing a self-irrigation sprinkler and a self-power generating walking stick, also creates sculptures and idols from waste material. Over the years, the company has witnessed its share of ups and downs but always managed to evolve and tell an inspiring tale. Committed to social welfare, Akash also came up with the idea to upskill prisoners to create handicrafts, helping them to course correct and make a decent living. Not surprisingly, his idea met with resistance; however, he persisted and today he is helping the prisoners work for a better tomorrow.

Innovation Details

“My septuagenarian grandfather always carries a walking stick with him for his morning walks. The stick did give him the support he needed; however, it also tired him out as it was heavy to lift.  That’s when I thought of a walking stick that would enable easier mobility and be lightweight at the same time,” he says.

Akash had watched his grandfather use a walking stick, which while giving him the support to walk also inadvertently, tired him out. This prompted him to come up with his innovative walking stick equipped with a wheel fitted with a power-braking system.  The device has an internal power generating mechanism, which can also be used as a mobile charger. Besides, it also has an alarm, torch and compass.  It took Akash almost a year to formalize the concept and develop a working model. He had to spend an equal measure of time to develop its mechanical and electrical aspects, and then another four months to turn his idea into reality. The wheel makes the stick light to use, and is useful not only to the elderly but also people with physical disabilities. The alarm can be set off as an alert during an emergency.   

“The entire cost of assembling the apparatus works out to ₹1500. So, the stick is high on functionality and also easy on the pocket.” – Akash

Adding feathers in his cap, Akash has won praise from the PMO, and received an award from the Chief Minister of Haryana, and appreciation from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. He has also been selected for the first global edition of Ashoka Young Changemaker from India and currently Incubated in Atal incubation Center BIMTECH.

He is deeply committed to social and environmental welfare. Amongst his several plans for the future, he wishes to upskill women inmates in prison, offering them a means to take up meaningful employment. Also, he aims to adopt more than 500 temples and lakes to make them more environment-friendly, and thereby, reduce their carbon imprints.

According to Akash, “Age is just a number, be passionate and keep following your dreams.” Further, “Challenges are inevitable. At some point of time every individual faces challenges in accomplishing their goals. I faced some too. My parents have been really supportive.”


Gramin Navonmesh Protsahan

Gujarat Grassroots Innovation Augmentation Network (GIAN) and Small Industries Development Bank (SIDBI) are working on a project “Gramin Navonmesh Protsahan”. The project aims to strengthen the innovation ecosystem and provide support to innovations from and for grassroots across the country. The selected projects get support for investment funds for stimulating commercialization. The support is provided in the form of a soft loan with a 5% interest rate.

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